mass noun
1 An insoluble substance which is the main constituent of plant cell walls and of vegetable fibres such as cotton. It is a polysaccharide consisting of chains of glucose monomers.
2 Paint or lacquer consisting principally of cellulose acetate or nitrate in solution.

Mid 19th century: from French, from cellule ‘small cell’ + -ose.


Ben was bored of smoothing boards. He would much prefer to be dying cotton. The fact that wood and cotton are both cellulose fibers didn’t matter to him at all



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